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Offline Monkey Mind

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2013, 05:00:52 pm »
People are conditioned to want these products by the media, peer pressure etc.
It's just another ugly facet of consumerism which is raping the planet.

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I agree with your overall hypothesis, but I'd argue its a bit oversimplified. In my case, I work from home and my work requires accessing the Internet and email, using a word processor and spreadsheet software, etc. I am grateful that computers are no longer giant, clunky things that are hard wired to a wall somewhere.

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2013, 04:47:45 am »
Obviously you weren't included in that rant Monkeymind..   :teehee:
We're all caught up in the modern world and it's commercially contrived values even while we try to live frugally as per the Buddhas' instructions. Electronic goods are just one of the products which evolve so quickly (to satisfy the market?) and generate large amounts of wealth for the greedy industrialists and their politician lackeys who put personal gain above the survival of a habitable planet for our descendents.
Many still believe happiness can be gained from visiting the North pole or buying the latest Range Rover or other goods sadly, despite all the Buddhas' wise words on the subject. It's dhukka of course...

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2013, 02:52:27 am »
I feel like all this new technology is leaving me behind, but in a way that's quite nice.... :wink1:

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2013, 04:26:27 am »
Glad you're happy to be left behind Spiny, but sadly you're in the minority it seems..
Anyway how much technology can one hedgehog use?  :ishift:

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« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2013, 07:01:25 am »
Anyway how much technology can one hedgehog use?  :ishift:

I would like to put a GPS tracking device on Dinsdale.... :teehee:

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2013, 05:48:34 am »
People are conditioned to want these products by the media, peer pressure etc.
It's just another ugly facet of consumerism which is raping the planet.

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I agree, but with qualifications.  Technology can improve our lives, or at least it ought to.  New ideas occasionally completely alter the way we approach our work.  The downside is that we are in a state of constant change and upheaval -- quite beyond what most Buddhists understand that to mean. 

I resist commercial-consumerist manipulation as much as possible -- until I cannot avoid a trend or until I see how an innovation can really help.   I use every computer until it dies or becomes obsolete; this includes office PCs which I generally do not have to fund personally.  I hate waste. 

My wife and I didn't get cell phones (mobiles) until 2006 when the inconvenience of not having one simply outweighed giving in.  By that point everyone had a phone and completely routine tasks became a nuisance to complete without one.  At one point I was working with refugees and they all had cell phones.  I knew the game was up when I asked to borrow one from a young displaced person I was working with.

Mobile devices are here.  They are relatively inexpensive and highly useful.  I will use my ipad three for as long as Apple will let me -- until the next wave overtakes, in other words.

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2013, 03:27:50 pm »
Take no notice of me, I'm just an old hypocrite.  You enjoy your i-pad Wesley.

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2013, 04:57:52 pm »
Three reasons why I am not purchasing an I-Pad.

1.  I already am paying for broadband service, which includes VOIP, T.V., HD, Recorder, and etc.  $200.00/mo.
2.  I am already paying for mobile phone service for two phone including texting, voice, and messages.  $80.00/mo
3.  My wife and I are half blind and cannot see the words on the smaller screens without magnifying glasses, and my fingers are too big (fat)  :D for the touch-screen keyboard.


On the other hand.  If I could drop the broadband and VOIP, I could save $100.00/month.   :-P

If I could drop the mobile phone I could buy the I-pad and the wireless service, but would have to buy two i-pads, and then would have two useless mobile phones, three useless computers, a useless printer, a useless BB modem, and two useless routers ( 1-wireless).  :wacky:

 I would still have to pay for t.v., HD, and recorder as the I-pad screen is just too small for watching movies. :-P

I would probably save money on electricity, however. :eek:

What would you do?

Where is Steve Jobs when you need him? :smack:

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #23 on: October 13, 2013, 07:55:50 pm »
I will add- I don't have a service plan for my iPad. It's wi-fi only, and sometimes piggybacks off of my phone's coverage.

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2013, 01:32:51 am »

What would you do?


Use the zoom feature in accessibility, up to 500% zoom.
Make use of Siri voice recognition and dictation.

Use bluetooth to connect to a large/specialised bluetooth keyboard.
. . . maybe wait for mid 2014 for a perhaps larger screen Ipad (only rumours)
At the least I would wait till 22 Oct 2013 to see if a new Ipad is released . . .

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #25 on: October 14, 2013, 01:40:28 am »
And then of course there's Kindle. The adverts try to make you think they invented reading!
Saving trees no doubt, but cynicism prevents me from thinking this was the main reason for its development.
Sorry Wesley your thread's been well and truly hijacked. :teehee:

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #26 on: October 14, 2013, 07:02:19 am »
Take no notice of me [...]

Not a chance. ;)

Wesley,
Even dhammaseeker approves your ipad procurement.  Go for it.   

I agree with MM and don't see the need for the (expensive) 3G option.  Wifi is all you need.
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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #27 on: October 14, 2013, 12:57:45 pm »
What is this stuff about needing a password? ...

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #28 on: October 14, 2013, 02:13:33 pm »
And then of course there's Kindle.

As part of my grand(iose) plan to downsize, I got rid of all of my books. College text books, Star Wars books, comic books, fiction, non-fiction. Books I have never read, and books I have read 20 times over. There were two dozen boxes or more of books, that had been piled up in every corner of the house. I don't enjoy reading books on my IPad Kindle software as much as I enjoy holding a real live book, but I do enjoy all the space I save. And my back is grateful that I am not trying to haul a book bag filled with three bulky school textbooks and two recreational novels everywhere I go. Honestly, I don't know how I survived college without developing a permanent injury!

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Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
« Reply #29 on: October 14, 2013, 03:05:54 pm »
Actually  the Iphone 5 sells for 700-800$, you think you're getting it with a plan for $200, but actually you're continuing making payments on it every month with your higher cell phone service package cost, just the parts alone in the Iphone 5 cost the manufacturer $200, the really sad thing is that only $8 goes to the poor Chinese chaps that assemble the phones.

Where I live you can buy the iPhone separately and then connect to a provider of your choice. My provider even allows you to use it as a prepay phone. So you know exactly what you are paying for. Not sure if all countries do this.

 


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